Our next Photography: Basic Camera Skills class will be held Monday afternoons, October 7, 14, 21 and 28. Please be in touch to be alerted when it is live on our calendar or to pre-register.
This very hands-on workshop helps you create great images without getting lost in technology and jargon.
Unlike a quick weekend workshop, this class meets once a week for four weeks, giving you time to practice what you learned after each class. Our small class size allows individual instructor feedback and guidance on your assignment photos.
Four 3-hour sessions will unveil the mysteries of your camera, and give you the confidence and knowledge to progress to creative photography. Photographic examples and in-class exercises will demonstrate how your choice of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to make images where you are in control.
Weather permitting, we will venture outside for shoots. Weekly assignments, and individual reviews of that work will reinforce class content and speed your progress.
Bring your gear! In general, any camera that can record raw files and allows some manual control will be sufficient for this class. To truly get the most out of this course, use a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). An advanced compact camera, such as the Canon Power Shot G series or Panasonic Lumix is a good alternative.
Please contact us with any questions.
what we cover—in detail
(always customized for the students attending)
- Know your Camera
- manual and autofocus
- picking the correct lens and camera setting for the situation
- sensor cleaning
- sensor size
- care and handling
- focal length
- menus demystified
- Controlling Exposure
When to use each setting
- ISO settings
- shutter speed
- white balance
- photographing indoors + out
- using flash
- Seeing and Composing
- it’s all about the light
- open shade
- color and compositional awareness
- truly seeing the color of light
- Creative Choices
- depth of field
- selective focus
- using light to your advantage
- Working with your files
- why shoot RAW?
- file formats, lossy vs. nonlosssy
- basic processing of RAW and JPEG picture files for precise creative results.
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